Computer Assisted Property Valuation

Computer Assisted Property Valuation

If you are moving home, getting a reliable property valuation is an essential step in the process.

A property valuation will give you an estimate of how much your house should be worth, based upon a number of different factors.

Even if you are not planning to move home straight away, house valuations remain an excellent tool to indicate a current market value and what improvements could be made should you want to potentially increase the value of your home without over capitalising.

By answering a few easy questions on the current condition of your home, our free property value calculator which uses the latest GIS (Geographic Information Systems) will give you an idea of how much money you could potentially make from the sale of your home.

Unique to Valuator we are also able to reference recent final property sales (selected Cape Town metropolitan areas) that have not yet been recorded in the Deeds Office which makes our report that much more current and reliable!

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Sectional Title Southern Suburbs

Sectional Title Southern Suburbs

This handy reference for sectional title sales activity in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, reflects sales activity in 2017.
Now that we have completed the first quarter of 2018, we are confident that the figures represented are reliable and representative of values.

If you have any questions feel free to contact out  Sectional Title Southern Suburbs specialists Lisa Rowell and Charlene Faint. at Chas Everitt Claremont on 021 200 5882

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New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations

New South African plug standard is mandatory for new installations
South Africa’s new plug and socket standard, SANS 164-2 or ZA Plug, has become mandatory for new installations, the SABS confirmed to MyBroadband.

This means that any new buildings erected must incorporate electrical sockets that conform to the new standard.

An amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that the ZA Plug would become semi-mandatory for new installations in March 2018.

Each new plug point must have at least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug, it said.

The amendment came into effect two months early, said the SABS, and from January 2018 all new installations must incorporate the ZA Plug.

The ZA Plug has the same hexagonal profile as the Europlug seen on cell phone chargers but includes an earth pin. It is substantially more compact than South Africa’s three-prong plug standard and has much thinner pins.

Adoption of the standard has been slow, however.

Gianfranco Campetti, the chairman of the working group that looks after the standard, said the industry has been slow to respond and use the standard in essential products.

He said the appliance industry, in particular, has been slow to provide goods with the new plug.

The switch

When the IEC first began development on IEC–906–1, which became IEC60906–1, it was trying to establish a universal plug and socket system.

Despite its efforts, commercial and political interests caused the standardisation initiative to fail in Europe – and Brazil and South Africa are the only countries to have adopted the 250V standard.

However, Brazil deviated from the standard by delivering either 127V or 220V mains using the same socket.

Japan and the US have plugs and sockets that are compatible with the IEC’s envisioned global standard for 125V sockets.

Talk of adopting the new standard began in South Africa in 1993, and a version of SANS 164–2 that dates back to 2006 is available online.

According to the SABS, the ZA Plug appeared in South Africa’s wiring code (SANS 10142–1) during 2012.

Old standard still legal

Although it is now required to integrate sockets which comply with the ZA Plug standard in new buildings, the old standard remains legal.

The wiring code amendment also does not affect existing buildings, including homes.

It is therefore not currently necessary for South Africans to switch the electrical sockets in their homes.

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Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Innovative local students launch online textbook resale platform

Bramble is an online platform aimed at connecting students wanting to sell or buy textbooks, as well as physical and electronic notes. This not only allows students to earn an extra income, but it also makes the learning process a whole lot easier.

As students ourselves, we understand the real life of a student and we hope to give you more room for the good life, more time for studying and, most importantly, more money at the end of the month.

The Bramble platform has one major beneficiary,

– the students.

We hope that the creation of a platform that allows students to set their own prices will allow shopping for textbooks to be more affordable and less stressful.


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Jazz on the Lawn

Jazz on the Lawn

St Joseph’s Marist College hosts its 7th annual SJMC Jazz on the Lawna day of music in celebration of Human Rights Day.

The lineup features popular South African group MiCasa, SA’s Got Talent winners AnecNote, and 2017 Standard Bank’s Young Jazz Artist Benjamin Jephta, as well as Jazz Bands/Ensembles from schools across the peninsula.

No alcohol is allowed on the premises. Limited gazebo area is available at an additional cost. Only umbrellas, blankets and picnic chairs may be brought on site. Jazz on the Lawn merchandise are on sale at the event. Access to kiddies area at a cost of R50, open between 12pm and 4pm. Food stalls and a bar area is available at the event.

Venue: St Joseph’s Marist College, Belmont Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Time: 10am to 7pm
Cost: R70 – R130

Date: 21 March 2018

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Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by modern folk musician, Jeremy Loops.

From cult live act status in his hometown Cape Town, to a chart topping album domestically, Jeremy Loops career’s been characterised by breaking through glass ceilings. An international breakout year in 2015 saw him open for Twenty One Pilots on the road, headline a sold out 30,000-ticket tour of his own, and release music, most notably his single Down South, breakthrough in major European territories. With his new album, slated for a 2017 release, here’s a maturing, sophisticated musician preparing to see his vision of taking his music global.

The extremes aren’t new to the singer, who by day travels to the furthest corners of Africa to battle deforestation through his organisation, Greenpop, and by night resumes as raconteur for raucous fans around the world.

“As he relaxed and layered the second banjo part and then a basic beat, the act was smooth and natural and it was obvious that he was playing his own game with his own rules.” Read Marie-Claire de Villiers’ review of Jeremy Loops.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R140 – R205

Date: 18 March 2018

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Water meter readings

Water meter readings

From the City of Cape Town:

Your home or business is connected to the City’s water network through a water meter, which usually sits in a small chamber under the pavement outside your property. We read your water meter once a month to calculate your monthly water and sewerage use.

How the City reads your water meter

The meter is read by a different person each month. We take a meter reading using a handheld computer terminal that contains core information about the property, such as the erf number and the address.

If we cannot read your meter (due to your gate being locked or other circumstances) and you do not submit your water reading, your bill will be an estimate based on your previous water use. All cost estimates will be reversed, if necessary, when we get an actual reading.

DID YOU KNOW?Well-run City: Each year, we replace about 9 000 old or malfunctioning water meters. 

You can help us get an accurate reading for your water meter by doing the following:

  • Make sure you know where your water meter is located.
  • Make sure it is not obstructed (e.g. by sand or weeds) and is easy to read.
  • Your water meter should be accessible to City officials at all times.
  • If your water meter is behind locked gates, or if dogs prevent the meter readers from taking a reading, you can submit the reading yourself (see below).
  • Alternatively, ask the City to relocate your meter to the outside of your house, via the City’s Service Requests application.

How to read your water meter

You can submit your water meter reading by calling 0860 103 089 or entering it online via your municipal account on our e-Services portal.

No matter the type of water meter, black numbers represent kilolitres and red numbers represent litres. As you are charged per kilolitre, only supply the black numbers when submitting your reading.

DID YOU KNOW?

Inclusive City: The City has installed free-call phones at some City facilities to allow you to make enquiries and request services at no cost.

Water and sanitation tariffs

All formal properties have water meters, which we use to read your water consumption and calculate your monthly bill. However, there are different tariffs for residences, businesses, and other organisations.

  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation in your home
  • Understand the cost of water and sanitation for your business or organisation

Report problems with your water meter

If your water meter is not being read regularly, is malfunctioning or needs to be relocated to outside of your property, please contact the City’s 24-hour call centre:

  • Call us on 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water-related faults)
  • SMS: 31373 (max of 160 characters)
  • Whatsapp: 063 407 3699
  • Email: water@capetown.gov.za

You can also go to our service requests portal and report or request an issue online. If you need some help with how to place a service request or report an issue, please see Submit a service request.

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The Christians at Kirstenbosch

The Christians at Kirstenbosch

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts presents a live performance by British Soul band The Christians.

 

The Christians are a musical ensemble from Liverpool, England, who had several UK and international chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band consists of Garry Christian (lead vocals), Joey Ankrah (vocals and lead guitar), Neil Griffiths (acoustic guitar and vocals), Lionel Duke (drums), Clifford Watson (bass) and Mike Trigg (keyboards).

Garry Christian, the only original member of The Christians, with his distinctive soulful voice heads up the band. The band are fortunate to have some hugely talented guys sharing drum and bass duties.

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: R140 – R205

Date: 11 March 2018

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2016-2017 Service Delivery Successes

2016-2017 Service Delivery Successes

Completed projects and infrastructure changes described below have enhanced facilities and services in Ward 62, and ensured that the DA-run City continues to make progress possible, together.

Transport, Roads and Stormwater

New traffic signals at Kendal Road intersection with Spaanschemat Road

  • Concrete balustrades on M3 bridges at Trovato Link and Klaassens Road
  • Traffic Signals for Parish Road and Constantia Main Road right turning lanes in both directions along Constantia Main Road
  • M3 on- and off-ramps resealed at Ladies Mile Rd [Exit 16], Kendal Road [Exit 15] and Constantia Main Road [Exit 14] in Constantia
  • Fencing along the Wynberg Canal between Piers Road and Vriedenhof Road
  • Restoration of Boshoff Avenue gates in Fernwood
  • Cats eyes on Rhodes Drive enhance visibility at night
   

Non-Motorised Transport

  • Non-Motorised Transport routes with bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways on both sides of Spaanschemat      River Road, Ladies Mile Road and Kendal Road
  • NMT routes connect commuters to the Main Road and railway stations
  • Safe areas for cyclists, runners, walkers and people in wheelchairs
   

Traffic Calming

  •  Speed humps in Buckingham Road, Plumstead
  •  Raised intersections in Bayview Road, Wynberg
  •  Raised intersections at Pinehurst Rd and Silverhurst Road in Southern Cross Drive, Constantia

 

 

   

Parks and Open Spaces

  • Green Jobs / Invasive Species Unit River Wardens funded from Ward Allocations
  • Outdoor fitness equipment installed at Newlands Forest Station
  • Funding for the Upper Liesbeek River gardens
   

Wynberg Park

  • New pathways through the gardens and bridges over the stream
  • First phase of fencing installed around the park to prevent vandalisation and theft of assets, infrastructure            and plants; and to improve the safety of park users
  • Beautiful spring flowers in the Fynbos area after 3 years of not cutting the veld
  • Removal of invasive species
   

Maynardville Park

  • Clean-up and extensive planting in and around the theatre
  • Overgrown vegetation thinned out and trees trimmed
  • New garden laid out in front of the office on the corner of Woolf Street and Piers Road
   

Solum Court Flats, Gabriel Rd, Plumstead

  • Palisade fencing and gates installed to secure the premises and enhance the tenants’ safety
  • Three of the five blocks of flats have been upgraded and painted; the remaining blocks will be upgraded            and painted in 2018-19
  • New parking area in Gabriel Road
   

Constantia Sports Complex

  • Potholes have been repaired and a portion of the parking area between the Constantia Bowl Club and Claremont Cricket Club has been tarred
  • New floodlights at False Bay Rugby Football Club
  • Fencing repaired as a result of vandalism and vehicles damaging the fence

Safety and Security

  • Rent a Cop Law Enforcement Officer at Wynberg Office funded from Ward Allocations
  • Subways under the railway line in Wynberg closed at night; locked and unlocked by the Wynberg Improvement  District

Water, Sanitation and Electricity

  • Street lights in Wynberg converted to energy saving bulbs
  • Water saving awareness campaigns at Maynard Mall and Constantia Village
  • Water leaks and burst water pipes repaired as soon as possible

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Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Best Coffee Shops in Cape Town

Lovers of the freshly ground brew are spoilt for choice in Cape Town. With nearly every Mother City corner being home to a cute or quirky coffee house it shouldn’t surprise you that we think of ourselves as connoisseurs.

Cape Town and all its scenic beauty is home to a rising coffee culture. Amongst the many tourist attractions Cape Town coffee shop owners have taken coffee roasting and brewing to a whole new level of creativity.

On top of the excess of fantastic restaurants, markets, vineyards and bars, it also has a glowing array of coffee shops.

Next time you’re looking for a place to fly solo for a while, meet a mate, woo your first date or catch up on business, look up one of these Cape Town coffee shops.

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